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Planet Money

#576: When Women Stopped Coding

17:13 | Jul 22nd, 2016

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A lot of computing pioneers were women. For decades, the number of women in computer science was growing. But in 1984, something changed.

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In 2018, women held only 26 percent of professional computing jobs in the U.S. But this hasn’t always been the case. In the early decades of computing, as the hosts of NPR’s Planet Money point out, “the number of women studying computer science was growing faster than the number of men.” What changed? This episode explores some of the key factors contributing to a decline in women’s participation in computing.